So What's Up With Piedmontese Beef?
If you're like most people we talk to, even many seasoned beef producers, you've never heard of it. We think that's sad and are doing all we can to change it! We think the Piedmontese breed of beef is the biggest secret of the beef industry. But it is leaking out. People who find it get addicted and the demand for it is growing rapidly.
First the History...
The Piedmontese breed of cattle originated in the mountains of Italy in the Piedmont region. They are a very pure strain of beef that is still produced and prized there today. They were first introduced in the United States in the early 80's and today there are thousands of them nationwide. They are however still a very small niche in the overall US beef picture.
Piedmontese cattle naturally posses a gene called "Myostatin" that is a mutation for most other breeds. This gene naturally occuring in all Piedmontese cattle is the secret of why they are so special. A purebred Piedmontese has two copies of this gene, a cross breed has one copy. One copy of the gene will produce it's wonderful effects in the meat of these amazing animals. This gene produces massive "double muscles" in these cattle that are extremely lean and tender. They do not have the fat that most beef has, and yet they are very tender at the same time! And the meat is just bursting with awesome, rich beef flavor. Pure Piedmontese beef has less fat, cholesteral, and calories than chicken and yet it's flavorful, tender beef!
Research conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the MARC Center compared eleven breeds of cattle. The results of these studies confirm that not only is Piedmontese beef genetically lower in fat than other breeds, it had the lowest fat thickness, .29-inches, and the greatest tenderness, 11.0 pounds on the Warner Bratzler Shear Force test, of all the breeds in the study. Results also showed that the average Piedmontese steak was almost 70 grams heavier than the Hereford-Angus cross steak (357.1 grams compared to 288.3 grams) which is expected due to larger rib-eye areas on Piedmontese.
Click here for a brochure on Piedmontese Beef. Our beef is the Piedmontese (1-Copy) grassfed as found in the health benefits chart of the brochure.
In addition to raising this carefully selected breed, we solely grass-feed from start to finish which enhances the nutritional qualities of the meat even further, and is the most natural way that cattle can be fed and raised.
We believe this beef is simply the healthiest beef out there! And the most tender and best tasting besides! That makes an awesome combination and is the reason that we are so passionate about producing it and sharing it with you. We have many customers that have become raving fans, and if you try it - you'll love it!
Weather permitting, we will attend the Tucker Square Greenmarket each Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. We will attend the St. George Greenmarket every Saturday from 8 am to 3. We will attend the Union Square Greenmarket each Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm. We will attend the Bartel-Pritchard Greenmarket every Wednesday from 8am to 2pm. Weather interruptions, when they occur, will be posted the evening before or you are welcome to call us at 570-754-3104 to confirm.